Jason Rantanen

David L. Hammer and Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd Professor

Jason Rantanen is the David L. Hammer and Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and Director of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center. 

He writes in the areas of patent law, federal courts, and empirical legal studies. Professor Rantanen has authored numerous articles and book chapters that address the law from both practical and theoretical perspectives, and his scholarship has appeared in the USC Law Review, Florida Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, American University Law Review, Michigan State Law Review, and Stanford Technology Law Journal, among others.  He is also a co-author of the widely-read PatentlyO law blog. 

In addition to his teaching and scholarship work, Professor Rantanen is the faculty advisor for the Iowa Intellectual Property Law Society student group and the College of Law’s combined degrees program, and is the director of the Master of Legal Studies program. He also serves on the law school's internal procedures committee, and the university's research council, brand advisory council and faculty policies & compensation committee, as well as the name, image & likeness working group.  

Professor Rantanen’s recent publications include The Future of Empirical Legal Studies: Observations on Holte & Sichelman’s Cycles of Obviousness in the Iowa Law Review Online and Can Public Universities Patent Their Research: The Tension Between Open Records Laws and Patentability, co-authored with Madison Murhammer Colon, in the Drake Law Review. Currently forthcoming works include Studying Nonobviousness, co-authored with Lindsay Kriz and Abigail Matthews, in the Hastings Law Journal.  He is also the creator of the Compendium of Federal Circuit Decisions, the largest and most comprehensive publicly available dataset on decisions by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Introduction to Intellectual Property: Cases and Questions, an open-access textbook.  

Professor Rantanen will teach Patent Law in Fall 2021 and Civil Procedure and Introduction to Intellectual Property in Spring 2022. 

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Practice and Teaching: 

  • Patent Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure